Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )

C. P. Ghost cpghost at
Wed Jul 20 18:48:41 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at> wrote:
> Obviously, it is _not_ unlawful to 'even open' a file that is 'labelled as
> private'.
> Herr Ghost subsequently clarified that he meant 'opened by a person' -- which,
> if _that_ is an accurate description of the law in question,  means that a
> purely mechanical process, such as a loop running file(1) on all files, and
> logging a filtered subset of that output would _not_ qualify as 'opening'
> under the law, either.

That's Frau Ghost, if you please.

Look, the problem isn't running some analyzer on the files,
it's the subsequent evaluation and interpretation of its
output by a human operator. That's the exact point in time
where the law applies (the law doesn't care about apparatus,
it cares about human behavior).

Over here, you can run as many filters on the files in an
automated fashion, but that won't do you any good when
you're not allowed to interpret the results (or even to merely
*look* at them), and *act* accordingly.

> To wit: If you're building on _my_ property, I _do_ have the right to demand
> proof that you are doing it 'legally'.

Please acknowledge that different jurisdictions also do
have different philosophies... and especially different
priorities w.r.t. the rights they are supposed to uphold.

If I understand what you're saying, it means that in your place,
private property rights rank higher than privacy protection
obligations. That's okay, and not something to criticize, but it's
not the case everywhere else in the world.


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